Tag: Technology


Empathy, Cruelty and Extremism: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (March 9-13), we examined a book about humanizing the innovation process, an app that’s enabling cruelty, a story on parenting while overwhelmed, and a semantics debate around terrorism. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Empathy as a Business Model – Irwin Kula Innovation, innovation, innovation. It’s all we hear today, as we’re flooded with interviews and talks from academic, business and tech-pop culture gurus. The e-book The Technology of Us cuts through the morass. These smart essays,......

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The Unethical World of Yik Yak

One of the greatest Westerns in film history, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, comes to mind when I think about one of the most popular and controversial apps in use among students today. Yik Yak, a social media network with no member profiles, only displays chatter among users within a radius of 1.5 miles, or up to 10 miles. As this New York Times report demonstrates, along with the good of increasingly democratized communication comes some bad – and truly ugly. Not only are anonymous taunts and personal attacks common......

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Empathy as a Business Model

Innovation, innovation, innovation. It’s all we hear today, as we’re flooded with interviews and talks from academic, business and tech-pop culture gurus. Ken Tuchman’s e-book The Technology of Us cuts through the morass. It’s a collection of smart essays by some of the most interesting leaders across a wide range of domains. Every piece is full of insights and intuitions on how technological innovation is humanizing our individual lives, our relationships and the connections between businesses and people. Star Wars director George Lucas, Fitbit designer Gadi Amit, Stanford Center on Longevity founder......

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Bringing Cruelty to Light

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series:? A retired baseball star who’s also an active blogger – former major league pitcher Curt Schilling – was shocked when his teenage daughter became the target of extremely crude internet abuse, so he tracked down the cyberbullies’ real identities and exposed the young men by name. Did the determined dad handle it well? What should the consequence be for those who terrorize kids online? Watch my video below for more insight and discussion.     Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action......

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That Dress, and the Humbling Reality of Others' Perceptions

In just one day, a seemingly innocuous question from a Tumblr user (“Guys please help me – is this dress white and gold, or blue and black? Me and my friends can’t agree and we are freaking the **** out”) generated an infamous internet debate, hashtagged #TheDress. As it tore across social media, it became the top trender on Buzzfeed, Twitter and Facebook. While the actual dress is blue and black (sold by a retailer in England), people really do see it differently. Some truly view the image as a white and......

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An Exchange with a Hero

There’s much about social media that degrades conversation and exacerbates polarization. But, like every technology, it also empowers us and offers opportunities to speak across boundaries and borders. Tim Byrd, a veteran of the war in Iraq who fought in Mosul, is a juvenile corrections officer in Washington state, a husband and a father of five. I met him on Facebook, where we connected after he heard my guest spot on Glenn Beck’s show. Tim and I have very different politics, and live in very different communities, and we continue to learn......

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The Packaging of 2014: What's 'Like' Got to Do With It?

The web is awash with collections of images that attempt to sum up the past year.? And what news sites are doing for global events, Facebook is doing for your life. Log on, and you may discover that they’ve already created a collage of images to summarize the “wonderful” 2014 you’ve had. It’s an interesting idea, but in this case, the choices aren’t being made by you – or any other person, for that matter. The highlights are selected algorithmically, based on “Likes” and other forms of online traction known only to......

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Why 'The Interview' Was Censored

North Korean hackers did not stop the release of the Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy The Interview. We the People did. I am no expert on cyber attacks, nor am I privy to the boardroom decisions made by Sony and other corporations involved in this debacle. (Full disclosure: I have known Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton as an acquaintance for nearly 20 years, and he is among the most ethical, reflective, and integrity-possessing business executives I’ve ever met.) Cyber-vandalism and cyber-terrorism are scary, and for the foreseeable future, hackers will cause plenty of......

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Human Rights For Real

We are all for freedom and for human rights in general. But we also know that our commitment to insure that people live in free societies with human rights is often compromised, consciously and unconsciously, by both our individual and national self-interests. We buy and enjoy consumer goods that we know are produced in places (China) where dissidents like Noble Peace Prize Laureat Liu Xiaobo are imprisoned, we have alliances with and approve of massive arm sales to places (Saudi Arabia) where repression of the most basic human rights is the law,......

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Why Apple Users Had an Issue with the U2 Album

Has Apple taken us from 1984 to 2014 and back again? In what is considered one of the greatest commercials ever made, Apple Computer introduced the Mac to the world in 1984 during the Super Bowl, running an ad that instantaneously changed the image of Apple forever. The commercial depicts a futuristic Orwellian dystopia controlled by Big Brother being destroyed by a courageous female runner wielding a sledgehammer – a metaphor for the computer that would change the world. Wearing a white tank top emblazoned with the now-iconic Mac, she hurls the......

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